About the Artist
RB McGrath Artist/ Painter
Painting style: Eclectic. Contemporary Realism, Impressionism, Abstract
Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape and Marine
Awards: 2012 - City Council, City of Jacksonville
Award of Appreciation: "for your love of art and music expressed to your City,
State, and Nation through canvas and paint brush, that
helps to create a more human world."
Gary Fletcher, Mayor
2011 - Winner - "The Royals Art Race" sponsored by Ovation Television
2009 - FAA Howard Shull Int'l Portrait Competition - First Place
2007 - Winner - Empty Bowls Cover Art. L.R., AR
2006 - Quadruple Award Winner - ASF Creative Arts Competition, AR
Best in Show - Trail Rider (Landscape with Figure)
First Place - Landscape (Trail Rider)
First Place - Still Life (Still Life with Radio, Wine and Fruit)
First Place - Realism Still Life - Violin
Public Art Projects: 2013: The Fallen Heros Memorial Garden. Monument and Garden Design.
Location: Jacksonville Fire and Police Complex. Jacksonville, AR
2014: Jacksonville Historical District Project. Renderings of District Locations.
2013: Jacksonville Landscape Paintings Permanent Exhibit: City Hall Lobby
Commercial Art Projects:
Cover Art and Design - 2014: "New Directions" Alan Storeygard Trio CD
Cover Art and Design - 2012: IBLA Grand Prize Concert DVD
Cover Art and Design - 2010: IBLA Grand Prize Concert DVD
Cover Art - Still Life with Radio, Wine and Fruit for Radio Time, Poems by
2009-2014 New Hampshire Poet Laureate W.E. Butts
Published by: Cherry Grove Collections. 2011
Cover Art, Design and Photography for "Third Time's A Charm"
Alan Storeygard Trio Jazz CD. Released May 2nd, 2010.
Cover: Portrait of Alan Storeygard. Back cover: photographic portrait of
the Alan Storeygard Trio. Booklet: Photographic portraits of:
Dave Rogers-Drummer, Brian Wolverston-Bassist and Broadway Star
Lawrence Hamilton - vocalist.
Shows: Wealth Management, Inc. Presents - The Art of RB McGrath
2010 Winter Art Exhibit and Wine Event. Solo show. March 5, 2010
Articles: Paintings. A Collection of the Works of RB McGrath. Blurb Publishing. 2011
ICON The Art of RB McGrath. Blurb Publishing - 2009
Everyone Pees in the Shower - A Daily Boost to Your Personal Growth.
Blurb Publishing, 2014
Selected Corporate and Public Collections:
William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Choctaw Bldg. Clinton Presidential Center. Little Rock, AR
City of Jacksonville, Arkansas. City Hall
Governor's Mansion Permanent Collection, State of Arkansas, Little Rock
Central Arkansas Library System Public Collection
Performance Food Group - Little Rock, AR
Pathfinder Incorporated Corporate Headquarters - Jacksonville, Arkansas
Selected Private Collections:
Mr. and Mrs. David Stoos. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mayor Gary Fletcher and Mrs. Glenda Fletcher, Jacksonville, AR
Joe Copeland, Regional President, Performance Food Group, and Lynn Copeland, L.R., AR
Joan Tyler Zumwalt collection, Jacksonville, AR
Dr. Alan and Paula Storeygard, Jacksonville, AR
Salvatore Moltisanti - IBLA Foundation - New York
Sherman Banks, Banks Int'l Consulting, Little Rock, AR
Collection of Roger and JoAnn Utley, Sherwood, AR
Collection of Bill and Saundra Buchannan Gethz - The Dalles, Oregon
Theresa Everett - Washington, D.C.
Charles and Sherry Vanlandingham - N.L.R., AR
Robert and Tommi Fell -N.L.R., AR
Lou and Gloria Lewonowski - Jacksonville, AR
Robert E. and Mary Carlson - Montgomery, AL
Anita Cross - N.L.R., AR
Barbara Rhine Collection - Wilmington, Deleware
Collection of Mrs. Mary Ford - Austin, AR
Robert Murphy Collection - St. John's, NFLD
Darrin and Kathleen King - England, AR
Tom and Mary Henry - Little Rock, AR
RB McGrath was born in a small fishing village named Branch, on the southern coast of the Avalon Penninsula on the island of Newfoundland. Born to an American Air Force father and a Newfoundland Mother, the family relocated to LRAFB in Jacksonville, Arkansas when McGrath was fourteen years of age.
McGrath's artistic pursuits began in the 1980's in Boston where the artist painted a large mural entitled "Mother Earth" for a facility at Northeastern University.
In 2010 McGrath's "Portrait of Salvatore Moltisanti", Founder and President of the IBLA Foundation, was installed in the IBLA Foundation Headquarters in New York City.
In 2011 McGrath's "Portrait of President William Jefferson Clinton in Profile" was installed the former President's office in the Clinton Foundation offices in the Choctaw Building at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR. In a memo to McGrath from Lena Moore, Deputy Executive Director of the William J. Clinton Foundation, Moore states: "He (President Clinton) didn't just like the painting - he loves it!" Present for the unveiling were the former President, then Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, Lena Moore, Clinton School President Skip Rutherford and several other dignitaries, who were in Little Rock for the grand opening of a refurbished foot bridge that crosses the Arkansas River to the Clinton Library. The life size painting of the former President was delivered to the Clinton Library by McGrath, assisted by artist Cindy Rippel of N.L.R. McGrath, Rippel and the portrait painting were escorted to the Secret Service room in the Penthouse of the Clinton Library where the painting was kept under guard for two days prior to the arrival of the Clinton's. In a complete and utter lack of respect for the Artist, Deputy Executive Director Moore and the former President's Aides neglected to put RB McGrath, the creator of the painting, on the guest list, hence, McGrath did not get to be present for the unveiling of the painting. Though later correspondence from Mr. Clinton's representatives stated that an acknowledgement would be forthcoming, to date McGrath never recieved a personal thank you from former President Bill Clinton, even though the painting is hanging right outside his office door.
McGrath's "Portrait of Governor Mike Beebe" was unveiled for the Governor in 2011 at the State Capital in Arkansas and is now part of the Governors Mansion Permanent Collection owned by the Citizens of Arkansas. One week after the unveiling in the Grand Hall of the State Capital, which was attended by Governor Beebe and thirty dignitaries, Governor Beebe sent a signed, personal "thank you" to the artist.
In 2012 it was discovered that a wall art manufacturer in Mainland China had electronically pirated the image of RB McGrath's "Still Life of Violin". Xiamen Bigal Co. Ltd. began reproducing both hand painted and machine made copies of McGrath's work for counterfeit sales in the U.S., Asia, France, Portugal, Australia, Canada and Europe. Advertising on no less than five different international business to business web platforms it is estimated that since October of 2012 Xiamen Bigal may have profited as much as two million dollars from the illicit production of counterfeit knockoffs of McGrath's work. In 2013 Congressman Tim Griffin's Washington office launched an inquiry into the piracy and illegal counterfeiting of McGrath's work. The inquiry has included four seperate Washington agencies. Most recently Congressman Griffin visited the RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie in Jacksonville, AR to view the original painting "Still Life of Violin". The painting has been featured in numerous broadcast news and print news feature stories. On August 25th of 2014 the Paramount King and Queen Mother of Kpando, Ghana visited the RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie to see the controversial and now famous painting and other McGrath works. The Congressional investigation is ongoing. A documentary film titled "Digital Peruggias" surrounding the theft of Still Life of Violin, the investigation, massive piracy and counterfeiting by Chinese art manufacturers and the history and work of RB McGrath is now in the works and is scheduled to premier in 2015.
McGrath works are in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.
An avid amateur musician, McGrath also plays violin and cello and is a avid supporter of visual arts and music education. The Artist' long term goal is the creation of a Center for the Arts for the city of Jacksonville, which will house a museum of fine art with a permanent collection, an art school, a music school and a performance hall.
Copyright RBMcGrath 2014. All rights reserved
Portrait of William Jefferson Clinton in Profile
35.5 x 48". Oil on cavas
Clinton Presidential Center, Clinton Foundation
Little Rock, Arkansas
Mona Lisa, after Leonardo
21x30 inches. Oil on wood support
RB McGrath 2012
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
20 x 24 inches. Oil on canvas
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Arc Angel Micheal and the Mermaid
30 x 40 inches. Acrylic and oil on canvas
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Still Life of Violin.
24x30". Oil on canvas
RB McGrath 2006